- Whatever is eating Ilya Bryzgalov certainly doesn’t appear to be bad enough to keep him out of Game 5. He was on the ice today for practice (literally, doing snow angels). And Howard Eskin clarified his report about Bryz's “hip injury.”
Sore and injury are vastly different things, especially when you’re dealing with the vagueries of NHL media relations in the playoffs.
- Inexplicably, Matt Read (and Sean Couturier) have been left off the Calder Trophy voting for the NHL’s top rookie. Read led all rookies in goal scoring with 24 goals. He finished fourth in points with 47. But it appears he was left out of the running because of his age– 25.
- Claude Giroux takes a lovely swipe at Penguins fans: via (@emptynetters)
"We don’t really like the fans here. It’s like something we have to prove to the fans that we’re better than them. They were making signs with their hands…I can't really say on TV…but they kind of got me going a little bit."
Finally, part 2 of Scott Hartnell exploring Pittsburgh…